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Asked by Tydie on May 2, 2015

I absolutely love where I'm interning and would love to work there full time. I just had my evaluation and received positive reviews. There are currently no job openings in the department I intern, but found an opening in another department (events). My internship is over in three weeks. Would it be appropriate to ask my supervisor to facilitate the connection particularly in regards to the job?

Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on May 4, 2015

Congrats on getting great feedback, that is wonderful news!  I was not able to determine from your question what you degree is in and if you would be qualified.  I would suggest that you determine if your background and experience would meet the minimum qualifications.  If the answer is yes, then I would move on the role and let your supervisor know of your interest.  You have a great chance since you are still there and your supervior would say positive things about your work experience.  If you do not match the needs of the role and the company would be willing to provide you with the proper training then I would move forward, as well.  If this does not work out then I would let HR know your interest in becoming a full-time employee so they keep you in mind when the internship is over.  You can also touch base with them, too.  That would show your continued interest in the company. Best of luck!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on May 5, 2015

One of the most incredible things about having an internship is that it is entirely about learning things.  Learning the business, learning the culture, learning about yourself and last (but by far) not least, learning how to communicate.  This sounds like a terrific opportunity to stretch your muscles on that last one.  A positive review is a great jumping off place to communicate your desire to work for this company and continue to grow in your career.  Your supervisor is aware of the length of your internship, so they likely have given some thought to your future.  If your supervisor shared that there are no openings, but that they were pleased with your job performance, then yes, I would encourage you to discuss the alternate opening with them.  Make sure to follow any protocols that are in place for the internal application process, and from there, put your best foot forward! We should all look for networking opportunities, and this sounds like a good one for you!  Best of luck!

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Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on May 6, 2015

That is wonderful news that you received a positive review! I would definitely recommend applying for the other open position in the company. I would let your manager know that you're interested and since you received a positive review, I  am sure that your manager would give you a great reference. You are already a step ahead of other graduates by having an internship at a company that you love. Good luck to you!

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Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 13, 2015

Congratulations on receiving positive reviews on your internship! I would recommend having a conversation with your current manager. If there are no positions available in your department then I’m sure your manager would want you to move to a different department then lose you from the company. It is important that your manager understands that you want to stay with the company and are looking for future job opportunities to advance your career. My recommendation would be to speak to your manager prior to applying for any positions internally. You don’t want your manager to be blindsided by anything. Best of luck!

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